Tagore Stories on Film
6 DVD Set
Disc 1 - Khudito Pashan (Hungry Stones) By Tapan Sinha (1960)
- Natir Puja by Rabindranath Tagore (Silent Film)
- Documentary on Rabindranath Tagore by Satyajit Ray
A classic by every standard, this National Award winning film, originally the story of a tax collector who moves into a haunted mansion in a small town and falls in love with a beautiful ghost, finds a unique, visual interpretation from an ardent Tagore Fan - Tapan Sinha.
Disc 2 - Teen Kanya (Three Daughters) By Satyajit Ray (1961)
Satyajit Ray’s neorealistic style of filmmaking found an ally in Tagore’s stories of ordinary folks. Teen Kanya is based on three of his stories, The Post Master, Monihara and Samapti, and tells the story of a young village girl taught by a city-bred postmaster, a woman’s obsession with her jewels, and a tomboyish girl who changes after marriage.
Disc 3 – Kabuliwala By Hemen Gupta (1961)
A critical and commercial success, Kabuliwala is the tender story of a widower Afghani Pathan, played evocatively by Balraj Sahni, compelled to leave his daughter in Afghanistan and relocate to India. He misses his daughter and showers his affections on a young girl in this emotional, memorable film that tugs at the heart of audiences.
Disc 4 - Ghare Baire (Home And The World) By Satyajit Ray (1984)
This Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Nominee film is one of the most telling statements on women’s empowerment. Encouraged by her Bengali noble husband Nikhil, Bimala takes her first step to emancipation, only to fall for the hypocritical, but charismatic nationalist leader Sandip.
Disc 5 - Char Adhyay (Four Chapters) By Kumar Sahani (1997)
A poignant comment on the adverse effects of nationalism and a nuanced interpretation of Tagore’s novella, Char Adhyay is the story of Ela, loved by armed revolutionaries of the Indian freedom movement as a mascot for the country, who questions this blind indoctrination after falling in love with Atin.
Disc 6 -
1. Natir Puja By Rabindranath Tagore 1932
Natir Puja is a landmark in Indian cinema being the only film where Tagore was directly involved in production. Shot over four days on the occasion of Tagore’s 70th birth anniversary in 1932, this partial, but restored film written by Tagore also features him in an important role.
2. Rabindranath Tagore By Satyajit Ray 1961
Made by Satyajit Ray in 1961 to celebrate Tagore’s birth centenary, this dramatized documentary features some deft cinematic touches of a master filmmaker that sets it apart from most biographical documentaries in the world.